Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services - England, April 2008 to September 2008, Q2, Quarterly report
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period April to September 2008.
This report includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up.
It also presents more in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic groups and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT) levels. This release also sees the inclusion of more detailed PCT results for the first time.
In 2008/09 there have been new data items added to the collection. This includes data for the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up categorised by socio economic classification, eligibility to receive free prescriptions, intervention setting and intervention type.
This bulletin reports on these newly collected data items. However there are weaknesses with this newly collected data as is common with new data collections within their first year, but rather than withhold this already useful dataset we are releasing it labelled 'experimental statistics' and are seeking input from users to help us improve it.
Please note that the following two revisions have been made 21st January 2009 since original publication 20th January 2009, in the 1st bullet “a decrease of 28 per cent” has been revised to “a decrease of 22 per cent” and in the 2nd bullet “a decrease of 32 per cent” has been revised to “a decrease of 24 per cent”
The key results show that in England during the period April to September 2008:
- 273,164 people set a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services, a decrease of 22 per cent over the same period in 2007/08 (350,494) and an increase of 7 per cent from 2006/07 (254,806)
- at the 4 week follow-up 133,704 people had successfully quit (based on self-report), 49 per cent of those setting a quit date. This compares with 176,277 successful quitters in the same period in 2007/08 (a decrease of 24 per cent) and 128,868 successful quitters in 2006/07 (a 4 per cent increase)
- of those setting a quit date, success at the four week follow-up increased with age, from 33 per cent of those aged under 18, to 57 per cent of those aged 60 and over
- of the 8,409 pregnant women who set a quit date, 3,724 successfully quit at the four week follow-up (44 per cent)
- the majority of those setting a quit date received Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) only (67 per cent). A further 21 per cent received varenicline (Champix) only, 2 per cent received bupropion (Zyban) only, 1 per cent received both NRT and varenicline and less than 1 per cent received both NRT and bupropion. 4 per cent of people setting a quit date did not receive any pharmacotherapy and the type of treatment was unknown for a further 5 per cent
- varenicline was the most successful pharmacotherapy in helping people quit, with 61 per cent successfully quitting at the four week follow-up, compared with 50 per cent who received bupropion only, 46 per cent who received NRT, and 49 per cent who did not receive any pharmacotherapy
- total expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was £33 million, an increase from £26 million in the same period in 2007/08 and £23 million during the same period in 2006/07. The cost per quitter is £244 compared with £148 in the same period in 2007/08 and £181 in 2006/07. These figures do not include expenditure on pharmacotherapies
- among Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), the East Midlands SHA reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (57 per cent), while the North East reported the lowest success rate (44 per cent)
- among Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), Leeds PCT reported the highest proportion of successful quitters (69 per cent), while City and Hackney Teaching PCT reported the lowest success rate (23 per cent)